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Chuck Trense, Founder, Trense Group

Chuck Trense, Esq. is the president of Trense & Associates, Inc. d/b/a Trense Group.

Chuck grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1987.

Following his graduation from Vanderbilt, Chuck spent four years in corporate banking in Atlanta. In 1991, he left banking to attend the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, Chuck served as the chairman of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board (1993–94) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Law & Psychology Review (1993–94).

Following law school, Chuck returned to Atlanta to practice law with a boutique law firm as a corporate associate. His work focused mainly on corporate transactional work, including entity formation (LLCs, LLPs, and corporations), asset and stock purchase agreements, and shareholder buy-sell agreements.

In 1996, Chuck joined the Atlanta office of a national legal staffing company. In 1997, he set out to bring a new level of responsiveness and professionalism to the field of attorney search and placement. That year, he established Trense & Associates, Inc. d/b/a Trense Group, a preeminent boutique legal search firm focused on placing exceptional attorneys with the most selective law firms and in-house legal departments in the United States.

For over twenty-five years, Chuck has been listening to the needs of candidates and clients like you, making successful matches between them, and building relationships throughout the legal industry. He looks forward to the opportunity to serve you with a standard of care that he refers to as Uncompromising Professionalism.

Contact Chuck

If you are interested in an objective, no-obligation consultation, please feel free to text, email, or call Chuck.

All inquiries will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Chuck Trense, Esq. – President
Trense & Associates, Inc. d/b/a Trense Group
Atlanta, Georgia 30338
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: (404) 388-0626

Tracy Stouse, Managing Director,
Trense Group East

Tracy Stouse, Esq. is the managing director of Trense Group East.

Tracy brings over 20 years of law firm experience to her role as the managing director for Trense Group East. After graduating from Tulane University Law School, Ms. Stouse began her career as a business law associate with the firm of Jones Walker in New Orleans, Louisiana.

She later relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina and joined the business law department of Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell & Hickman, L.L.P. (now K&L Gates), where she focused on corporate finance and commercial lending. At both firms, Tracy was involved in both the lateral and entry-level recruiting processes.

After taking some time off to raise young children, Tracy reinvented her legal career and became an immigration attorney, starting in the immigration clinic of a local non-profit organization and ultimately joining Alan Gordon Immigration, a boutique immigration, and nationality law firm.

Through her own lateral career shifts in the legal profession over a 30-year period, Tracy adds a special level of understanding when it comes to the unique needs of her clients and candidates. Having experienced the lateral recruiting process—Tracy used the counsel of a legal search firm when joining Kennedy Covington as a mid-level corporate finance associate—she is particularly sensitive to the multiple and often unforeseen issues that can arise in the search process.

This allows her to add a personal perspective when advising her clients and candidates in these areas. Through her extensive network and market knowledge, Tracy provides accurate, relevant, and current information to both her candidates and clients.

Outside of the office, Tracy is a curious home cook who enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, three daughters, and her cockapoo, Lulu. She also is an avid exercise enthusiast who loves running, yoga, hiking, and pickleball.

In the local community, Tracy currently serves as the vice chair of the Pastoral Council of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Charlotte Ballet.

Contact Tracy

If you are interested in an objective, no-obligation consultation, please feel free to text, email, or call Tracy.

All inquiries will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Tracy Stouse, Esq. – Managing Director
Trense Group East
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (704) 421-1977

Michael Foltz - Managing Director
Trense Group Northwest

Michael Foltz, Esq. is the Managing Director of Trense Group Northwest.

Michael brings 19+ years of recruiting and legal experience to his role as the managing director for Trense Group Northwest. After graduating from NYU School of Law, Michael began his career as a securities, corporate, and finance associate with the law firm Hahn & Hessen LLP in New York City.

He later transitioned into the legal recruiting field, becoming a top business developer and recruiter of attorneys and paralegals for clients of national legal recruiting firm Special Counsel, Inc., in New York City, Seattle (Washington), and Portland (Oregon). In his 8+ years at Special Counsel, Michael successfully filled 200+ positions for experienced attorneys and paralegals.

After his time at Special Counsel, Michael broadened and diversified his recruiting and business-development career, becoming a top performer for 5+ years at global recruiting firm Randstad USA and at Amazon, mostly on software development, information technology, solutions architecture, and related technical placements. (He worked successfully on accounting, finance, HR, and operations roles for a period as well, placing experienced contributors and managers.)

Michael returned to legal recruiting during his few years at Amazon. He has continued in the field since that time, owning all of the USA legal, enterprise risk, compliance, and regulatory recruiting at Affirm and leading the global legal recruiting team at Kraken Digital Asset Exchange.

Over his diverse career in recruiting and business development, Michael has been able to build a wide-ranging sense of how to consult with different client and candidate types, adapting carefully to the needs of executive recruiting vs. university, large companies vs. start-ups, niche attorney searches vs. speed-oriented legal support-staffing needs, et al. He is able to bring a unique level of customization and understanding to his clients and candidates, plus the lens of someone who has recruited and developed business substantially in both in-house and consulting-firm environments.

Michael also has cultivated a large network and base of market knowledge over the years: he has worked successfully across many legal practice areas and with dozens of law firms and corporate legal departments in New York City, Seattle, Portland, and beyond. Michael has long been an avid LinkedIn user and has ~9000 connections, including myriad from his NYU School of Law, Special Counsel, Amazon, and other legal tenures.

In his free time, Michael is an avid traveler, commonly discovering offbeat places in the Pacific Northwest or hopping on cruises and flights to other parts of the world. He and his spouse work out daily at the local gym, dine out commonly, and visit Seattle- and Tacoma-area sights with friends. Michael is also an avid gardener, regularly tending to his extensive houseplant and outdoor collections.

Contact Michael

If you are interested in an objective, no-obligation consultation, please feel free to text, email, or call Michael.

All inquiries will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Michael Foltz, Esq. – Managing Director
Trense Group Northwest
Black Diamond, Washington 98010
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (646) 408-7995

Dave Thompson - Managing Director
Trense Group Texas

Dave Thompson, Esq. is the Managing Director of Trense Group Texas.

Dave brings two decades of legal experience to Trense Group Texas. He graduated from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. From there, he attended the University of Virginia, where he earned his B.S. with distinction in Commerce with concentrations in Marketing and Management. During his time at UVa, Dave was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and the Virginia Men's Rowing Team.

Following his graduation from UVa, Dave attended Emory University School of Law. After earning his J.D. from Emory, he was admitted to the Georgia Bar and began practicing in the Atlanta area. Dave worked for a few law firms, large and small, before establishing his own Atlanta-based firm focused on insurance litigation, employment law, and workers' compensation defense.

Designated as a Georgia "Super Lawyer," Dave developed special expertise in meeting the needs of a diverse group of clients. He grew accustomed to overseeing thousands of cases from start to finish, both from the defense and claimants' sides. Dave brings those unique skills and his extensive network in Texas (and beyond) to the attorney search and placement industry. His mission is to introduce top notch attorney candidates to the most selective law firm and in-house companies in Texas.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys gardening and landscaping, and is active in his neighborhood HOA. He especially loves keeping up with his favorite football teams - Austin Westlake (Go Chaps!), the Virginia Cavaliers, and his first love, the Texas Longhorns (Hook Em!). He has served as an usher for over 15 years at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Dave lives with his wife, Lauren, two daughters, and their mischievous Labrador retriever, Mac, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact Dave

If you are interested in an objective, no-obligation consultation, please feel free to email or call Dave.

All inquiries will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Dave Thompson, Esq. – Managing Director
Trense Group Texas
Email: [email protected]
Direct: (214) 799-0976